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'Never felt guilty': Civil rights convictions tossed in SC

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:39

In this February 1960 file photo, people take part in a civil rights "sit-in" protest at the lunch counter in McCrory's in Rock Hill, S.C. A prosecutor on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, will argue a motion to vacate the convictions of a group known as the Friendship Nine. Eight Friendship Junior College students and a civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and breach of peace for staging a similar protest at the same lunch counter in 1961. The men opted for a month’s hard labor rather than allow bail to be posted for them by civil rights groups. (AP Photo/The Herald, File)ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — For a moment, Clarence Graham's heart raced. Fifty four years after he and eight fellow black men served a month of hard labor for sitting at a whites-only lunch counter, a judge declared that they had been wrongly convicted of trespassing and their records would be tossed.

Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:38
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute.

Owners of Ohio mansion gutted by fire sue insurer for $60M

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:37

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, file photo, firefighters battle a fire in Indian Hill, Ohio, that destroyed the $4 million mansion. The owners, Jeffrey and Maria Decker, are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million for allegedly not honoring their claims. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Joseph Fuqua II, File)CINCINNATI (AP) — The owners of a $4 million suburban mansion that burned to the ground last year are suing their insurance company for almost $60 million, saying it didn't honor their claims.

Sheriff: Minnesota City Hall shooter should not have had gun

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:37

An emergency personnel member walks outside the New Hope Police Department after two police officers were shot Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 in New Hope, Minn. Two newly sworn-in officers and others were shot at Monday night as they left a New Hope City Council meeting. Two officers were hit, and others returned fire and killed the gunman, Hennepin County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Carlson said. Authorities are not seeking any other suspects and did not identify the gunman or disclose a possible motive. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jeff Wheeler) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUTNEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness who shot and wounded two police officers before he was killed at a City Hall in suburban Minneapolis should not have had access to a gun, authorities said Wednesday.

Bankruptcy judge approves financing for Trump Entertainment

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:36
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal judge in Delaware approved $20 million in new bankruptcy financing Wednesday for Trump Entertainment Resorts from billionaire investor Carl Icahn as the company continues to work to keep the struggling Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, open.

Ex-Los Alamos scientist gets 5 years in nuclear espionage case

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:32
(Reuters) - A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday for passing secret U.S. nuclear weapons data to a person he believed to be a Venezuelan government official, the FBI said. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Argentina, pleaded guilty in June 2013 to several espionage-related offenses stemming from an undercover sting operation, according to the FBI and court records. His wife, who is 71, was previously sentenced to a year in prison and three years of supervised release for her role in the same case, the FBI said. Mascheroni, a physicist, worked from 1979 to 1988 at Los Alamos, a U.S. government facility where the first atomic bomb was developed and which still conducts nuclear weapons research.

Main Denver airport bans sale of marijuana-themed souvenirs

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:30

In this Jan. 27, 2015 photo, former school teacher and current souvenir entrepreneur Ann Jordan displays a few of her products, socks and flip-flops decorated with marijuana-themes, as she drops off supplies to one of her sellers, the Red Carpet Car Wash and Detailing, in Aurora, Colo. Marijuana is legal in Colorado, but not at its largest airport - and now Denver International Airport wants to keep out weed-themed souvenirs, too. A policy enacted this month bans the sale of souvenirs depicting marijuana leaves or Colorado's ubiquitous "Mile High" pot puns. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — Tourists who fly to Colorado, home of legal pot, can forget about buying souvenir boxer shorts, socks or sandals with a marijuana leaf on them when passing through the Denver airport.

Man charged in assault on teen girl on SEPTA trolley

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:28

Man charged with assaulting teen girl on SEPTA trolleyPhiladelphia police have arrested and charged a man wanted for attacking a teenage girl on board a SEPTA trolley.

Police: Man arrested in wrong-way accident knew he was drunk

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:50

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Stephen B. Martin. Authorities said the Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The Arizona Department of Public Safety also said that 39-year-old Martin said after the Tuesday morning accident that he knew he was drunk and shouldn't be driving. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)PHOENIX (AP) — A 39-year-old Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit, authorities said Wednesday.

2 more rounds of snow could be headed to New England

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:36

Vin, a Border Collie, finds some running room on the snowy steps of the Bunker Hill Monument in Boston's Charlestown section, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, one day after a blizzard dumped about two feet of snow in the city. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON (AP) — Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days, just as New Englanders are digging out from a historic blizzard.

Illinois police arrest couple wanted for abducting their children in 2006

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:30
(Reuters) - Illinois police have arrested a couple wanted for abducting their two children in 2006 after losing custody of them while authorities in Las Vegas investigated accusations the mother abused drugs while pregnant, police said on Wednesday. Maria Rosaline Malagon-Castillo, 40, and Victor Manuel Ruiz-Garcia, 39, were arrested at a truck stop in Russell, Illinois, near the Wisconsin border, on Tuesday night, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Department. The children, ages 9 and 14, were found in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois border, where they have been living with their parents, police said. After the arrests, the children were turned over to a family member, police said.

Balloon crew close to crossing Pacific Ocean

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:22

30 a.m. JST Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan in a bid to reach North America and break two major records en route. in their quest to pilot their helium-filled balloon from Japan to North America and break two major records en route. The attempt will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles (8,381 kilometers). They also want to break the flight-duration record of 137 hours set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight. (AP Photo/Troy Bradley, Two Eagles Balloon Team)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Only a few hundred miles and less than two days stand in the way of the international team piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon in a bid to break a pair of major records.

David Montgomery named Phillies chairman, Pat Gillick remains president

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:10

David Montgomery named Phillies chairman, Pat Gillick remains presidentDavid Montgomery has been named Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, leaving Pat Gillick at his current position of President, the team announced Wednesday.

Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:09

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen, is seen in Portland, Ore. Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans including significant numbers of Republicans would want lawmakers to restore federal aid for buying coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court annuls some of the subsidies, according to a poll released Wednesday.

'Friendship Nine' cleared of 1961 civil rights sit-in crimes

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:08

"Friendship Nine" appear at a courthouse to have their trespassing convictions vacated in Rock HillBlack civil rights protesters credited with reinvigorating the 1960s U.S. sit-in movement were absolved by a South Carolina court on Wednesday of the convictions lodged against them 54 years ago after they dared to sit at a segregated lunch counter. The men, known as the 'Friendship Nine' because most were students at the now-closed Friendship College, knew they would be arrested when they took seats at the popular McCrory's five-and-dime store lunch counter in Rock Hill on Jan. 31, 1961. Found guilty of trespassing, they became the country's first demonstrators to choose to serve jail time rather than pay a fine for sitting at an all-white lunch counter, launching the "jail, no bail" strategy later adopted by other activists. In a packed courtroom in Rock Hill on Wednesday, not far from the site of the historic sit-in, city and court officials agreed it was time for the record to show that the group's stand against racial injustice was not a crime.

House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Continuing its charge on energy, the Republican-controlled House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports.

Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 03:54
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and crawled back from the dead — literally.

PHOTOS: Bucks County Sheriff's Most Wanted

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 03:43

 Bucks County Sheriff's Most WantedThe Bucks County Sheriff's Department is asking for your help in finding its most wanted fugitives.

Flooding leaves mess in oceanfront Massachusetts after storm

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 03:33

A man emerges from the snow beyond a pine twisted from heavy winds near Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Massachusetts was pounded by snow and lashed by strong winds early Tuesday as bands of heavy snow left some towns including Sandwich on Cape Cod and Oxford in central Massachusetts reporting more than 18 inches of snow. (AP Photo/The Quincy Patriot Ledger, Gary Higgins) BOSTON HERALD OUT; BOSTON GLOBE OUT; QUINCY OUT (REV-SHARE)By Scott Malone MARSHFIELD, Mass. (Reuters) - Ocean Street in the waterfront Massachusetts town of Marshfield was littered with lobster traps, downed wires and chunks of houses on Wednesday, after a massive blizzard hammered New England. Notably absent was much of the 2 feet (30 cm) of snow that blanketed much of the Boston area, since for much of the storm, Ocean Street was under water because of flooding from a breached sea wall. "This area sees flooding regularly, but we haven't seen damage like this since the blizzard of '78," town planner Greg Guimond said as he surveyed the wreckage. Schools remained closed in Boston and most of its suburbs for a second straight day but life was otherwise returning to normal with the city's transit system and airport resuming service and a travel ban lifted.

Guard hurt in fatal prison bus wreck released from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 03:30
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas prison guard who was critically injured in a prison bus wreck that killed 10 people has been released from a Lubbock hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery.